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How newsrooms can engage audiences using Twitter Spaces

How newsrooms can engage audiences using Twitter Spaces

@TwitterSpaces is a new way to have live audio conversations on Twitter. Twitter rolled out its Clubhouse competitor in 2020 and expanded the social audio feature to a large portion of its users throughout 2021. Very similar to Clubhouse, Twitter Spaces allows live...

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Could Telegram be a new channel for SA newsrooms?

Could Telegram be a new channel for SA newsrooms?

A few global news brands have made good use of Telegram as a publishing channel. Is there an opportunity for South African publishers to do the same? A number of South African publishers have made innovative use of WhatsApp as a publishing channel: As we previously...

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Reader revenue strategies and the business of news

Reader revenue strategies and the business of news

In a SAMIP dialogue, leading independent news media shared tactics to generate reader revenue for digital newsrooms. JAMLAB's Tshepo Tshabalala wrote up some of the key insights The business of news publishing has become a challenge now more than ever. Media...

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Lessons on podcasting for Sub-Saharan Africa

Lessons on podcasting for Sub-Saharan Africa

What does it take to build a sustainable podcast in the global South? Maybe it’s just that we’re all stuck at home, but it feels like there’s been an exciting uptick in podcasting among the cohort of media organisations in the South Africa Media Innovation Program...

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Publishing for WhatsApp? Here are three great ways to do it

Publishing for WhatsApp? Here are three great ways to do it

With 90% of internet users active on its app, WhatsApp is the biggest social networking app in South Africa. It’s bigger than Twitter, Instagram, and even Facebook. So it’s no wonder that publishers have turned to WhatsApp as a way to reach audiences. The South Africa...

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Pivoting to webinars – 5 lessons for small media orgs

Pivoting to webinars – 5 lessons for small media orgs

As media organisations race to adapt to life under lockdown, many are turning to online events – to reconnect with audiences, make up for lost revenue, or to establish themselves as agenda-setters on the key questions of the day. Last week, the South African Media...

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How newsrooms can engage audiences using Twitter Spaces

@TwitterSpaces is a new way to have live audio conversations on Twitter. Twitter rolled out its Clubhouse competitor in 2020 and expanded the social audio feature to a large portion of its users throughout 2021. Very similar to Clubhouse, Twitter's Spaces allows live...

Update | Viewfinder & Daily Maverick’s latest investigative story, 100k corporate contribution, innovative data tracking tools, and more.

Here are some of the latest updates from in and around the South Africa Media Innovation Program.   Viewfinder and Daily Maverick collaborate on their latest Investigative story Accountability journalism start-up Viewfinder has released its latest investigative...

UPDATE | M&G Power of Women 2021, Viewfinder remembers Nathaniel Julies, Stokvel Talk Roadshow, and many more.

It is that exciting time again! SAMIP brings you some updates on what the cohort has been up to, here’s the latest from the South Africa Media Innovation Program.   Mail & Guardian’s Power of Women honours 50 extraordinary women Mail & Guardian hosted the...

Update | Food For Mzansi launches health platform, Media Hack introduces new publication, Participants are hiring and more

Here are some exciting updates from in and around the program. Food For Mzansi launches a health platform Food for Mzansi is excited to launch its brand-new podcast “Sisters without shame” under its health platform Health For...

Celebrating women in media

South Africa celebrates National Women’s Day annually on the 9th of August in commemoration of the day on which approximately 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in protest against the extension of pass laws to women. South Africa Media Innovation Program...

Media start-up explain.co.za takes home international award

Media start-up explain.co.za has won a major international award, recognising the publication’s commitment to making news accessible to all. It’s flagship project, The Weekly Wrap, won in this year's Digital Media Africa Award, run by the World Association of...

MDIF mourns the loss of Siyabonga Africa

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of our former colleague Siyabonga Africa on 19 July. Siya died suddenly at the tragically young age of 35. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. “Siya was unique,” said Bilal Randeree, MDIF Program...

Update | New Investment deal, Sponsorship renewal, #VukaniMaAfrica Campaign, and more

The SAMIP cohort has been hard at work, here are some updates from in and around the program. Scrolla bags investment deal from MDIF Founded by Mungo Suggot, Scrolla is the latest media start-up to secure equity investment from Media Development Investment Fund...

We are hiring| Program Officer vacancy

The South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) is a multi-year initiative to accelerate digital innovation among independent media outlets in South Africa, through technical support, capacity building and grant funding. The organisation has recently announced a...

PRESS RELEASE|South Africa Media Innovation Program expands to five Southern African countries

The South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) is pleased to announce a call for media innovators from five Southern African countries to apply to join our cohort of independent media initiatives. SAMIP will admit up to five new projects, providing grants of...